Although AFSP is not able to recommend individual therapists, the following sources may help you find a local mental health professional:
- Ask your doctor for a recommendation
- Contact the departments of psychiatry, psychology, or social work at your local university or hospital
- Use the American Psychological Association’s locator service at locator.apa.org or 1-800-964-2000.
- Contact The American Psychiatric Association’s referral service at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-357-7924 and press 0 to speak with a customer service representative
- Contact the National Association of Social Workers’ referral service at naswdc.org or helppro.com/HP/BasicSearch.aspx
- If you are a veteran, contact Veterans Affairs at mentalhealth.va.gov/gethelp.asp
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration maintains lists of therapists as well as treatment centers at store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator
- For low-cost options, visit the Mental Health America website at nmha.org/go/help or call 1-800-969-6642
- If you have insurance coverage, you can contact your insurance carrier for in-network referrals
- If you attend a suicide bereavement support group, you could ask the facilitator and/or other group members for recommendations
- Speak with your local school guidance department
- Google “Depression Research Center” together with the name of your city or local university
“Finding a Mental Health Professional: A Personal Guide,” created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and available at dbsalliance.org/pdfs/finding.pdf, contains useful guidance about questions to ask prospective therapists. Bear in mind that not every therapist will necessarily be the right fit for you, so trust your instinct. If it doesn’t feel right after one or two appointments discuss your concerns, and if they are not addressed consider trying someone else.
For suicide bereavement support groups in your area, click here.
Local Organizations we love:
Vision: To create avenues that help ease tensions caused by everyday experiences and provide life changing alternatives.
Mission: To raise awareness of suicide prevention, and offer permanent solutions by promoting a positive outlook on life for those affected directly and indirectly by suicide through education and outreach.
NAMI of Hamilton County is a grass-roots education, support and advocacy organization founded in 1979. We offer educational programs, support groups and an information and referral phone line. We work together with our national organization NAMI and our state affiliate NAMI Ohio.
OUR MISSION: NAMI of Hamilton County is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Clermont County is a grass-roots support, education, and advocacy organization founded October 26, 2001. Our mission is to offer hope and help to all affected by mental illness. We offer educational programs, support groups and phone support. Our advocacy efforts include better mental health services , legislative changes, and increased research on mental illnesses. We collaborate with NAMI National, NAMI Ohio, and the other NAMI affiliates in this area.
NAMI Butler County’s mission is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals who are impacted by mental health disorders. With its strong presence in the community, it's distinguished as a fiscally responsible, vibrant, and well-respected organization. NAMI Butler County is recognized for providing relevant and research-based information, education, advocacy and support for individuals and families affected by mental health disorders. NAMI Butler County is dedicated to promoting change that will contribute to an improved quality of life. As an integral part of the overall mental health system, it works collaboratively within the community to eliminate stigma associated with mental illness. With an emphasis on preserving the dignity of all, NAMI Butler County provides hope and help to those impacted by mental health disorders and their families.
Our Mission: Companions on a Journey’s mission is to provide ongoing support and life balance for the bereaved in families, schools, businesses and organizations, with faith, hope and love: one child, one teen, one adult, one family at a time.
Our Vision: We seek to be the most compassionate and effective faith-based bereavement support center in the Tri-State area serving individuals, families and groups at any stage of their grief so they may come and find hope, strength, and healing.